Women's Basketball: 1995-99
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Class of 2009
Chariya Davis was a four-year standout for the Knights women's basketball program from 1995-99, helping the school reach the NCAA Tournament twice, in 1996 and 1999.
Davis is UCF's all-time leader in assists (531) and steals (284) and finished her career second in rebounding (634), second in made free throws (393) and third in career scoring (1,517). Among her accolades, was earning All-Atlantic Sun honors twice, second-team in 1997-98 and first-team in 1998-99. The same year she was a first-team pick, Davis was also the A-Sun Player of the Year and A-Sun Tournament MVP. She was twice named to the A-Sun All-Tournament team and twice earned A-Sun All-Academic honors.
As a freshman, playing for the late Jerry Richardson, the Knights went 15-14 overall in 1995-96, but impressively swept through the A-Sun Tournament en route to the team's first-ever trip the NCAA Tournament. It marked the first time a No. 6 seed had won the A-Sun.
During the next three years under Lynn Bria, who took over after Richardson was taken in a tragic car accident, Davis would help the program improve in each season. Momentum for the program really started during Davis' junior season as the team finished 17-11 and 11-5 in the A-Sun, marking the most wins by UCF in a season in 14 years.
Davis was the team's top scorer and assists leader that year. In her final campaign, Davis helped the team back to the NCAA Tournament with a 20-10 overall mark and 13-3 record in conference play. She was certainly the team's leader with 19.2 points per game along with 6.1 rebounds a contest.
Everything went perfect in her final campaign as she swept league honors, while the team won the regular season and conference titles.